BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT — A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has granted the former presidential candidate of Hope Democratic Party, Chief Ambrose Owuru bail in the sum of N10 million.
Trial judge, Justice Suleiman Aliyu, in his ruling, yesterday, ordered that Owuru should produce a surety, who should be a legal practitioner and must have been in practice for a minimum of 20 years.
The case was adjourned till October 10 for further hearing.
It will be recalled that Chief Owuru was charged to court on August 2, by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a five count charge of forgery and obtaining money by false pretence. Of which he pleaded not guilty. to the charges.
Two of the counts reads: “That you, Ambrose Owuru on or about March 7, 2011 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this court, with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N60 million from Ikechukwu Eze on the pretence that you have sold to him four plots of land situated at Plot 44A, Amadi Layout- Port Harcourt a pretext which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.
“That you, Ambrose Owuru, on March 7, 2011 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this court, did utter a forged “Certificate